Banner Day, a Mets tradition that was discontinued in 1996, returns to Flushing this season with festivities scheduled for May 27 before the 1:10 p.m. game against the Padres at Citi Field.
The team said Wednesday that the revival is part of the Mets' season-long 50th Anniversary celebration and “banners should illustrate fans’ favorite memories and moments in franchise history.’’
The team also has set up a web site called Mets50.com, where fans can share photos and memories from past Banner Days.
In its previous incarnation, Banner Day involved fans parading on the field with homemade banners made out of bed sheets. The team plans to announce more details about this latest version, including guest judges, prizes and logistics, in the weeks leading up to the event. While the Mets expect Banner Day to again be installed as an annual tradition.
Given the tumultuous climate around the team, some of the messages may be mixed. When asked in November about potential inappropriate banners, executive vice president of business operations Dave Howard replied, “We are confident Mets fans will be appropriate.’
Tickets for Banner Day are on sale now through the Mets 50th Anniversary Banner Day Pack on Mets.com.